The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross
Past Exhibitions
Compared to a Summer's Day
Inspired by Nature

Compared to a Summer's Day - conjures up a natural world of inherent beauty. On view from June 23rd through August 28th, this international group exhibition showcases the work of six jewelry artists who look to the natural world for inspiration. The title of the exhibition is a playful twist on Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, an ode to his beloved:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date......

One-of-a kind pieces, including delicate floral enamel earrings, porcelain brooches with cicadas and butterflies, hand-pierced steel necklaces with painted botanical images, golden butterflies...... all come together to form this summer fantasy.

About the Artists

Nicolette Absil received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rowan University. She is a full time studio jeweler and exhibits her work nationally at fine craft shows and galleries. Nicolette’s work has been featured in publications such as Art Jewelry Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  She is a former resident artist of Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA. Nicolette has been named a finalist for the Halstead Grant, a finalist for the Saul Bell Award in the Enamel category, and is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Julie Decubber is a jewelry artist who has mastered techniques from all over the world. This range of techniques has enabled her to bring a wide variety of materials to life. Inspired by her mentor, early in her career, she believes in the importance of being curious. She has developed a creative workshop that will soon open in Nantes, France.

Mielle Harvey graduated from RISD in 1993, with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Her interest in jewelry as a conceptual art form took her to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, where she was a Masters student under Professor Otto K├╝nzli, graduating in 1999. Since then, Mielle’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally, including; Jewelers’werk Gallery, Washington DC, The Pinokothek Der Moderne in Munich, and The Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany.

Judith Hoetker is a graduate of Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute where she enrolled in 1992 to study art. During her sophomore year she found herself enthralled by a jewelry making class and has not looked back since. Maintaining a successful career as a professional bench jeweler in New York City for almost 20 years, Hoetker designs and makes limited production and one -a -kind jewelry under the name Beloved Little Lamb. Hoetker’s jewelry has appeared on the cover of Paper Magazine and New York Newsday, in addition to the TONY 2013 holiday gift guide/Modern Anthology. She has also created custom jewelry for Oliver Theysken's Theory runway show "I'm With The Band/Creatures of the Wind" (SS2012).

Sarah Hood began her jewelry studies at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA, and went on to formalize her education at Parsons School of Design in New York City while simultaneously earning a degree from the New School. After earning her BA, Hood finished her BFA in Jewelry/Metals at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where she currently lives and works. Hood’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, has been featured in many publications, including Metalsmith, Craft, Ornament, Elle, Vogue, Art Jewelry Today 3, and several of Lark’s 500 Series books; and is included in several permanent collections, both private and public, including that of the Tacoma Art Museum and the Racine Art Museum.


Helen Shirk grew up in Buffalo, New York and went to undergraduate school at Skidmore College, where she took her first jewelry course with Earl Pardon. Following graduation from Skidmore in 1963 she went to Denmark to study on a Fulbright Grant. In 1967 she returned to the States to do her MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing with Alma Eikerman at Indiana University in Bloomington. She taught at Indiana University from 1971-73 and after that at the Des Moines Art Center from 1973-75. In 1975 she accepted a position at San Diego State University where she is currently Professor of Art Emerita. She has been the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1978 and 1988 and was made a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1999. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and included in many public collections, among them the Schmuckmuseum (Pforzheim), National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Mint Museum of Craft and Design, American Craft Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Carnegie Museum, and Oakland Museum.